'It wasn't me' - Man watches CCTV of himself stealing an e-scooter then tells officers daylight robbery wasn't him
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A robber watched CCTV footage of himself stealing a victim’s e-scooter in broad daylight at Pitsea train station in Essex, then told the interviewing officers it was not him.
This is despite being caught red-handed riding the scooter soon afterwards, while wearing the exact same clothing as the suspect in the footage.
Louis Herne, 19, of Fraser Close in Shoeburyness, Southend-on-Sea, claimed he earned £500 a week so did not need to rob anyone, and the person in the footage was not wearing glasses, which he always did.
He was jailed for three years and three months at Basildon Crown Court on Wednesday 27 April after pleading guilty to robbery.
Picture: Louis Herne was jailed for three years and three months.
The offence itself happened at around 6.30pm on Monday 5 April 2021.
The CCTV showed Herne talk to the victim, a man in his 20s, at the entrance to the station and then try robbing the man’s e-scooter.
Herne was chased off by the victim but came back and ran off with the scooter which had been left on the floor.
An alert went out to British Transport Police officers in the area and Herne was caught riding past a nearby Tesco on the stolen scooter.
Investigating officer Detective Sergeant Hayley Whyte said: “The fact he wasn’t wearing glasses clearly wasn’t enough to convince our officers into thinking we should be after someone else.
“From the CCTV to the fact he was caught still riding the scooter, it was very clear Herne was the man responsible for this robbery."